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    TLC for your great-grandfathers watch

    The meticulous care and feeding of the men’s pocket watch, as detailed in the Regina Standard, Regina, January 29, 1891.

    A watch must be kept in a clean place. Dust and small particles of the pocket lining gather continually in the pockets, and even the best fitting case cannot protect the movement from dirt finding its way to the wheels and pivots of the movement. Watch pockets should be turned inside out and cleaned at regular intervals.

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    A pocket watch for one vest pocket and a chain for the other vest pocket. Photo by Roger McLassus. Wikimedia Commons

    A watch ought to be wound up regularly at about the same hour every day. The best time to do this is in the morning, for two reasons. First, because the hours of rising are more regular than the hours of disrobing and retiring; second, because the full power of the mainspring is more likely to reduce to minimum the irregularities of the owner during the day.

    When not carried in the pocket, a watch should always hang by its ring, in the same position that it is worn. As a rule, watches will run with a different rate when laid down. Only high-grade watches are adapted to position, and will show only a few seconds difference in twenty-four hours, while common watches may be out of time several minutes in one night.

    Never leave a hunting case watch open during a considerable length of time. A careful observer will find in the morning a layer of dust on the crystal of a watch that has been open during the night. The dust on the outside of the case will unconsciously be rubbed off by the wearer, but when the watch is closed, the dust inside of the case must remain there. The oil will change. It will become thickened by the dust that cannot be kept out of the best-closing case. The dust will work like emery, and grind the surface of the pivots of the train.

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